“An Embarrassing Display Of Football”

November 1st, 2021

Filters off.

Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians didn’t hold back yesterday.

After watching his team cough up three turnovers that turned into 16 points — and get worked by a fourth-string never-been quarterback who hadn’t thrown an NFL pass in over two years coming in cold as a landlord’s heart — Arians wasn’t about to play nice when he stepped to the podium in the bowels of the Superdome yesterday.

“I thought that it was an embarrassing display of football,” Arians said, filters turned off. “Of all the things that we talked about coming down here about what it takes to win, and to play like that, it starts with me.

“Obviously, we weren’t ready to play, penalties, turnovers, you’re not beating anybody that way. Saints coach Sean (Payton) did a helluva job bringing in (Trevor) Siemian; and, did a helluva job winning the game. And, we didn’t make the plays.”

No they did not.

They couldn’t stop a glorified practice squad quarterback. They couldn’t force a fumble. They couldn’t force a turnover when they had the lead in the fourth quarter. They couldn’t force a punt or a turnover on downs.

Joe couldn’t believe it. Just a week earlier this team forced six turnovers in a curb-stomping of the Bears.

Is Trevor Friggin’ Siemian really that much better than Justin Fields?

Just shameful defense. It may have been the worst defensive effort Joe has seen since defensive coordinator Todd Bowles arrived on the scene.

33 Responses to ““An Embarrassing Display Of Football””

  1. Half-Caulked Jeudy Says:

    This is one of the worst games I’ve seen in recent memory. How in the world aren’t peoples heads on a block this morning because of this game. Saints didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves.

  2. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    1st off…. The Refs should be under investigation. 2nd off that was a sh!tty showing of DEFENSE. 3rd off, wtf was that final drive?! Idk… This felt doomed from the get go. Yuck, sort it out because that was embarrassing!

  3. Bucdan Says:

    Play that I hated the most yesterday:

    Going for two to tie the game and the Bucs line up in the Super Bowl game-sealing play, aka empty-set toss to Godwin on an end around. The Bucs have run the play like five times since then. Why run it in this game against the Saints when the game is on the line?

    Penalties were also atrocious yesterday. Plenty of three and outs extended due to a number of revolving penalties: roughing the passer, pass interference, defensive holding, offsides and the list goes on.

    Hit the bye week and come back ready to dismantle the WFT.

  4. Bobby M. Says:

    I’ve said this several times on this site……Bowles & Co. tend to struggle with QBs that are playing in a new system. Once there’s considerable film on them and/or we play them, Bowles tends to figure out how to attack their weakness.

    With that being said, its a passing league and we have a collection of 3rd string back ups out there going against an excellent play caller.

  5. Lamarcus Says:

    Especially his Qb Brady is the one throwing ints when Jameis is in building on TV. Arians should be embarrassed

  6. The Daily Coroner Says:

    Deja vu!
    Poorly coached. poorly prepared team. No discipline.
    No ground yards.
    QB interceptions and fumbles. Pick 6.
    Losing to a QB no one has ever heard of.

  7. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Lamarcus: Yes, what has Brady ever done for the Bucs? Eye roll.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Well at least Arians had the cojones to call it like it was: “Obviously, we weren’t ready to play, penalties, turnovers, you’re not beating anybody that way. Saints coach Sean (Payton) did a helluva job bringing in (Trevor) Siemian; and, did a helluva job winning the game. And, we didn’t make the plays.”

    Or we could whine that the Bucs’ defense ‘couldn’t force a turnover when they had the lead in the 4th quarter’. Gee I wonder if the fact that almost all of our defenders had very high snap counts by that point might’ve have had anything to do with that? Vea had 61 def snaps yesterday (80%); far more than usual. Suh had 59 def snaps (78%); again far more than usual. Shaq 66 snaps (87%); JPP 68 snaps (89%). Five others (White, LVD, Winfield, Desir, Dean) had 99%-100% of the def snaps (76 total in that game).

    Still, the defense held the Saints to a FG on that late 4th qtr Saints drive in which they took the lead. Bucs still had 1:41 left to retake the lead & got the ball at our own 25 after the kickoff. All we needed was a FG to win. Playcalls? Deep to Evans … incomplete. Deep to Godwin … Pick-6 putting the game out of reach. Game effectively over. Damned defense. Ya, right.

  9. SteveK Says:


    Enjoy today, because your statement is a load of BS. The goat is here and a turnover machine was shown the door. Those are the facts.

    Even though Jameis didn’t start in 2020, he still leads the NFL in INTs thrown since 2015. How is that even possible, unless you were really, really bad at taking care of the football?

  10. Bird Says:

    Start fining some of players who are habitual flag earners? 😂
    They will get it right though. They did last year
    Wait until they get healthy

  11. Bob in valrico Says:

    I am pretty sure Brady will be ready and more determined than ever. The tight end situation with Gronk out needs a hard look from both Leftwich and
    Brady. I will put it this way: OJ has13 of 19 catches. Cam Brate !3 of 25 targets. Wake up, Brate is not as dependable as he used to be. In his defense Brady has thrown some uncatchable balls his way and also forced some balls
    into tight windows that Brate used to be money on.


  12. Waterboy Says:

    As bad as the defense played, the offense had the ball with 1:41 left in the game and only needed to get into field goal range for a shot at winning.

  13. Robert Says:

    Plenty of blame to go around. ME, TB, the D, the refs. Good thing for the bye week. Oh, and how is JW? Looked like he twisted an ankle.

  14. David Says:

    For most of the first half the defense played well. The Saints didn’t do much other than a couple Winston scrambles.
    Brady played poorly. Overthrew a for sure touchdown on a deep all the Evans. Threw 2 interceptions and could have easily thrown about 4.
    We can complain about the defense but the penalties were unbelievable. Drive after Drive after Drive for the Saints was extended because of buccaneer penalties.
    By my count, some horrendously called penalties gave the Saints 10 points and turnovers gave them another 14.

    Regardless, the defense stepped up at the end when everyone thought the Saints were going to run the clock out. Inexplicably, they passed instead and only 16 seconds went off the clock. The Buccaneers got the ball back with 1:41 left and 1-2 timeouts…. and all they needed was a field goal.

    It was a team effort to lose.

    Time to Get healthy, get rest, regroup, go on a run

  15. DoooshLaRue Says:

    The D looked bad most of the day.
    The Fragrance known as Desir needs to be pushed to the back of the medicine cabinet.

    Brady looked tentative 2/3rds of the game.

    And yes, the officiating was terrible, but we still had a chance to win it.

    But, as Rational Joe said last night, it may be a blessing.
    A wake up call.
    We need to get our sh!t together for the rest of the season.
    Sloppy play has to stop and we need better play from all of our DBs.

  16. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    No, seimian isn’t better than fields… Peyton is better than the bears coach!! The bucs got out coached yesterday…. Period!! And the saints just looked like they wanted it more!! Good wake up call for a team that was starting to get a little full of itself!!

  17. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Boy, I have watched Brady for his entire NFL career, that had to be the worst pick. With 1:40 & a TO, it’s almost automatic he gets them in field goal range. I guess he is human after all and the oline made him pay for it in the last series. Sorry Tommy, love ya but can’t back you on this one. Time to move on, FYI, Trevor was the starting Qb at Denver so he’s use to being beat up. Too many blitzes for null. Bucs faced the two best coaches in the NFL, one loss to a 3rd string QB and snuck by Patriots starting a rookie. Not sure this defense is as.good as they think they are. Someone wrote this earlier, most def lineman are tasked with moving blockers to free up linebackers or blitzing secondary so they can make the tackles. It seems like Bucs just bull rush even when Nunez (he has been stinking it up lately) and Gholston are in the game. There is a reason Bowles isn’t coaching the Jets anymore and Bucs fans saw it yesterday.

  18. HC Grover Says:

    Voo Doo Hex plus strict scrutiny by the refs against the Bucs.

  19. ocala Says:

    I 100% agree with @BUC CHEEKS post above.

  20. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    It appeared to me that Desir #29 was getting targeted all friggin day. It was completion after completion. Really the worst I think I have ever seen. Hopefully Licht can work some kind of trade, but to fit it into our salary cap, we are not going to get a game changer.

    As the loss goes, it was not any one thing.
    * Not the REALLY questionable calls by the refs;
    * Not TB’s bad day;
    * Not the Lovie Smith / Mike Smith D vs a “glorified practice squad QB” (but
    this was BIG);
    * Not the sh!t play calling (screens to Darden, CG, 4Net for 2pts vs TB throwing)

    It was all of it happening together in one single sh!tty game.

  21. Tony Says:

    Don’t know why they still have Donovan Smith on this team. The dude constantly sucks by constantly taking penalties & giving up sacks & they definitely need to consider trading for a CB. They need to trade for a CB go outside at least one CB in FA next year & draft at least one or maybe two CBs next year, too!

  22. Tony Says:

    Waiting for them to give Ronde Barber Brian Kelly Donnie Abraham Dwight Smith & Dexter Jackson a call & then maybe we could send a pick to SF to get Lynch out of the front office.

  23. Tackleblockwin Says:

    First Super Bowl – lost to Saints twice in regular season.
    Second Super Bowl – lost to Saints twice in regular season.

    We are just repeating history.

  24. Bosch Says:

    Good observation, tackle. Just the same, I would prefer we win the rematch.

  25. PassingThru Says:

    Of course Arians was right about penalties this game… and he was right about penalties the previous game… and he was right about penalties the game previous to that previous game, and so on.

    So whatever approach they’re using isn’t working. Again. At some point Bruce Arians has to start pointing the finger at himself at that army he employs as assistant coaches.

  26. PassingThru Says:

    Not only were the penalties awful, I’m still laughing at that Fournette trick play where he had no idea whether to run or pass. No one would have mistaken that trick play for something Sean Payton would have drawn-up, practiced and executed.

  27. Tony Says:

    Maybe we could sign Brock Lesnar get him to replace Donovan Smith & then he could F5 anybody that comes near Brady.

  28. Mike Johnson Says:

    Truth be told, Coach Payton is the real QB whisperer.

  29. SlyPirate Says:


    This is not my thing but I knew the Bucs were going to lose from the moment I saw TB12’s face.

    I think the Bucs threw this game.

    None of the Bucs player wanted to be there. The defensive scheme was horrible. The refs were making really suspect calls. TB12 made bad decisions that he would never make.

  30. August 1976 Buc Says:

    “Damned defense. Ya, right.”

    Uh …. YES, they give up 29 points, that is just plain garbage.
    But hey just sugar coat that. Whatever…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  31. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Brady is responsible for 6 of those points isn’t he?

  32. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Oops… no he wasn’t.

  33. Tony Says:

    Maybe we should sign the Aflac duck, too! Since obviously he’s got a good WINGSPAN & he’s got the approval of Deion, too! Nobody would complete a pass on him. He’d bat everything down.